The next four months sees the BFI release a wide range of titles including acclaimed classics of world cinema (The Wages of Fear, and a brand new Pasolini collection), film noir masterpieces by Otto Preminger and Jules Dassin, celebrated TV documentaries and a selection of recent theatrical releases.
Our new releases kick off in September with the Otto Preminger Film Noir Collection (1945-50) on Limited Edition Blu-ray, a three-disc box set featuring Fallen Angel, Whirlpool and Where the Sidewalk Ends. The film noir theme is continued with Night and the City (1950), Jules Dassin’s London-set baroque masterpiece of crime and corruption.
2015 marks the centenary of the controversial, yet extremely significant silent drama The Birth of a Nation (1915) by D.W. Griffith. This remastered release follows the Griffith summer season at BFI Southbank.
We celebrate Halloween with chilling rereleases of Sleepwalker (1984), The Black Panther (1977), Schalcken the Painter (1979) and Nosferatu (1922), the much imitated adaptation of Dracula.
October marks the 40th anniversary of the untimely passing of Pier Paolo Pasolini. To mark the occasion, we’re rereleasing six of Pasolini’s most widely renowned films in the Pasolini Blu-ray Collection (1968-1975) – Medea, Theorem, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom and his Trilogy of Life (Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights). We’re also thrilled to announce the release of Abel Ferrara’s biopic Pasolini (2014), starring Willem Dafoe, on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Also out in October is the DVD premiere of the Children’s Film Foundation sci-fi drama Masters of Venus (1962), the Richard Hawley scored Love Is All (2014), director Kim Longinotto’s (Dreamcatcher, Divorce Iranian Style) collage of a hundred years of love and courtship on the silver screen, and Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl / Borom Sarret (1966), two of the founding works of African cinema.
November sees the release of Murder in the Cathedral (1952), George Hoellering’s film adaptation of the classic verse drama by T.S. Eliot featuring music by László Lajtha and the voice of the writer himself, and Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film (1899-1917). Released to complement Sarah Gavron’s Suffragrette (2015), the collection compiles over 20 silent films from the BFI National Archive, combining gloriously anarchic comedies, newsreels and documentaries with a specially commissioned score by Lillian Henley, to create a fascinating insight into the early 20th century struggle for women’s suffrage.
The month also sees the release of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s nail-biting thriller The Wages of Fear (1953), on limited edition dual-format.
To coincide with the BFI Southbank TV documentaries season, we release two collections of documentaries from the BBC and ITV. Visions of Change Volume One: The BBC (1951-67) and Visions of Change Volume Two: ITV (1958-1967) bring together the work of renowned filmmakers including Ken Russell and Peter Morley, to give an insight into the rapidly changing British culture of the time.